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Luther King Jr. Day Parade – Miami January
this day in Miami, and across the nation, we
honor and strive towards his dream
(Usa) - The most visible figure in the Civil Rights
movement, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
is honored across the country annually on the third
Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, the holiday
falls close to his birthday.
chief spokesman of the movement to end racial discrimination
in state and federal laws in the 1950s and 1960s,
King organized several marches and peaceful protests.
In 1963, he organized the famous March on Washington,
which was memorialized in 2013 by President Barack
Obama on its 50th anniversary.
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A year later,
on October 14, 1964, he was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality
through nonviolence. Tragically, on April
4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis,
Tennessee at the young age of 39. Posthumously,
King was awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal,
and we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
annually to honor his courageous work towards
freedom and equality. The Martin Luther
King, Jr. Memorial was erected in Washington,
D.C. in 2011 with a sculpture and inscription
that reads, "Out of a mountain of despair,
a stone of hope." The quote is from
his "I Have A Dream" speech.
Miami Celebration Honoring Dr. King - Miami
joins in this federal holiday with the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Liberty City.
The parade takes place along NW 54th Street
on a route from NW 12th Avenue to NW 32nd
Avenue. It ends with a celebration at Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.
can expect high school marching bands, athletes
and cheerleaders on foot, floats, cars and
fire trucks bearing local politicians, union
leaders and activists-and, for a Caribbean
Miami twist, Carnival dancers take it to the
streets in a colorful dance and music performance.
Once the parade reaches the park, revelers
can enjoy food, activities for kids, and a
variety of vendors and entertainment.
Luther King, Jr. Day is an important time
to reflect on the journey our nation has taken
towards freedom and equality, and to look
at the work that still lies ahead. As King
said, "The arc of the moral universe
is long, but it bends towards justice."
On this day in Miami, and across the nation,
we honor and strive towards his dream. (www.miaminews.org)